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God’s response to my drama

February 23, 2017

Jas,

Live a life of prayer. Yan na muna sa ngayon. Don’t be so busy doing things for me to the point that you have no time left for me. Put me first in everything that you do. From the moment you wake up to the time you sleep. Live a life of prayer, Jas. Pray. Talk to me. And please, listen. Listen to me. Listen to what I’m saying.

Then things will go well with you and you will have great success. Your success will be based on the people who came to know Me through your life. Share My love for everyone. Talk about Me. Tama na siguro muna ang crush talks at nonsense talks. Ako naman ang ibida mo ngayon. Nalimutan mo na ba ang mga ginawa ko para sayo? Wala ka na bang bagong kwento tungkol sa pagmamahal ko sayo? Be observant, Jas. Andito lang ako lagi sa tabi mo.

Lastly, if you want to walk on water
you’ve got to get out of the boat.

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Wag kang makontento sa nakasanayan mo na. Go. Live out My dreams for you. Marami pa kong gustong ipagawa sayo. Hindi ka pa mamamatay. Ang tanong, handa ka na bang sumunod? I’ve been preparing you since Day 1. Alam mo naman kung saan kita tinatawag, tama ba? O hanggang ngayon denial ka pa rin? Don’t worry, Jas, kilala kita. Alam kong sigurista ka, gusto mo malinaw ang lahat. Akong bahala. Ako mismo ang kakausap sayo.

Di na ako magpapaliguy-ligoy pa. Basta, makinig ka lang. Marami akong plano para sayo Jas. Humanda ka na. I love you.

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Walang kondisyon

Grabe ang pag-ibig ng Panginoon sa ating lahat. Walang katulad.
Mahal niya tayo kahit marami tayong pagkukulang. Grabe. Nakakalunod. Ibang klase.
Mahal niya tayo kasi mahal niya tayo. Walang kondisyon.
Wala tayong dapat patunayan. Hindi na natin kailangang magpakitang-gilas pa.
Sigurado ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ang tanong, gaano naman natin kamahal ang ating Panginoong Diyos?
Panigurado, di natin matutumbasan ang pag-ibig niya. Di natin kaya. Basta, ang nais niya, mahalin natin siya nang buong puso, buong isip, buong kaluluwa, at buong lakas.

E kumusta naman ang pag-ibig natin sa kapwa?
Nagmamahal din ba tayo nang walang kondisyon? Ehem.

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If your gift is teaching, devote yourself to teaching

This is really my call. I know. I am sure.
I am called to teach the Word of God to the people.
In order to do this faithfully, I myself should study God’s Word deeply. And then live it out.

Teaching Math. Yeah, I also love this, but…
I want to teach not just Math. I want to be a teacher of many things.
I want to teach music and arts. I want to tell stories. I want to share the Word of God.

The question is How?
How can I be a teacher of many things, especially, a teacher of God’s Word?
Will that be more feasible if I become a public school teacher?

What if I take up Master of Arts in Biblical Studies?
Then I could learn more about the Bible and might be allowed to teach Bible subjects in Harris.
There I could also teach Math, music, and arts!

What about our dream library?
Would it really be a reality?
I hope so, and I believe I could be a teacher of many things in that library.

Let’s go back to the public school.
There I could teach Math and values and other life lessons.
I might inspire more students coz indeed there are more children in public schools than anywhere else.

What should I do now?
I don’t know the answer, Lord. I really don’t know.
Where are you leading me? What do you want me to do for You?

*Daily Prompt: Passionate

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Why I read the Bible

2 Timothy 3:16-17 Good News Translation (GNT)
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living,17 so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.

Why do we read the Bible? Why do we pray? Is this just to gain favor from God? Or so that we could feel spiritual? Out of obligation or guilt?

Why do I read the Bible? Why do I pray?

 

It started one summer when I taught children that they should read their Bibles and pray every day, only to realize that I, their teacher, wasn’t doing it myself! From our lesson, we learned that by doing those, we would grow as a better child of God because we would know how to live rightly in God’s eyes, and so I committed myself to reading the Bible and praying every day.

As I soaked into God’s Word, I learned more truths about God. I learned that He is holy and that He loves what is right. And that He created you and me. I also learned that I am sinful. Believe me, I didn’t know it before. All my life I thought I was a good girl until I read a Bible verse talking about sins we should not do. The verse struck me coz I was doing all those, and so I realized I needed to be changed. And that I needed a Savior who could change me.

Since then, I started reading the Bible with a fresh perspective. I saw the words come alive and speak to me. I began to take each words and phrases personally and applied in my life what I have learned from it. I enjoyed reading Bible stories, letters from Paul, and the life of Jesus Christ written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I believe that God’s Word has worked in my life and it really changed me.

Until now, I still read the Bible, not so I could brag it around, but so that my relationship with God would deepen and grow. I read the Bible so that I could know how to live right in the eyes of God, so that I could have a self-check with my motives, so that my negative attitudes would be changed, so that I can have a direction in life.

Reading the Bible always comes with praying. I pray before reading. I pray as I read. And I pray after. I do it because I know I could not understand God’s Word on my own. I know I need guidance from the Holy Spirit so that I could better hear and understand what He wants to say. And also, I need to lift up my heart to God so He can cleanse it and open it to His Word. Without God, I know I wouldn’t be able to comprehend what I am reading. And praying changes me. Yeah, I know it is God who changes me, not the prayer. But what I mean is, I see myself change, or should I say, have a change of mind and change of heart, every after my prayer time with God, when I have spent more time communicating with God as He reveals His glory to me and showers His grace upon me.

Thank You, Lord for everything. These means of grace – reading the Bible and praying, has changed me a lot. Indeed, I have grown so much, thanks to You, God. 🙂

Be with me through this 40-day journey as we approach and celebrate Your resurrection. May I keep on reading Your Word and on praying every single day, and forever as long as I live. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

 

Your turn: Why do you read the Bible? How does reading the Bible help you grow?

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Unconditional grace

Oh, thank You for Your grace, God.

I don’t deserve this.

I know I don’t deserve this.

But still thank You dear Jesus

Thank You for Your love

Which I do not have to earn.

(coz I really can’t earn it)

Thanks for gracious promises

Thanks for keeping them

Even at times I fail You.

Your unconditional gift

Is free, always free.

Give me faith to receive it.

Indeed, I don’t deserve all

Your love and Your grace.

Oh, thanks for loving me still.

Thank You, God. Thank You.

Amen.


Gracious God, give me the faith to receive Your promised gift of love, and free me from the belief that I have to earn that love. Amen.

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It all goes back to God

1 Unless it is the LORD who builds the house, the builders’ work is pointless. Unless it is the LORD who protects the city, the guard on duty is pointless.

2 It is pointless that you get up early and stay up late, eating the bread of hard labor because God gives sleep to those he loves.

It all goes back to God. Everything is pointless if it is not for God. Oooooh.  If I teach Math to my pupils just for the sake of teaching and doing my job, it is pointless. But if I teach Math to my pupils so that they might experience the love of God, well then, it would be meaningful. If I toil all day and all night just so I could earn money and help my parents and buy the things I want, it would be pointless. God wants us to rest in Him. He does not want us to spend hours and hours on our job and neglect our family life, or our relationship with other people, or more so, our relationship with Him.

It all goes back to God. It all goes back to whether we are doing it for God or just for ourselves. It goes back to our motive, to our intentions. Are we doing what we are doing for the glory of God? Are we doing these with a pure heart? Are we doing these things so that other people might know God? Do the things we do point other people to Jesus? These are the questions we should ask right now. Do the things we do really matter? Are all these for the glory of God?

These past days, I am thankful that God has given me a fresh start. By God’s grace I was able to manage my classrooms way better than I do before, and I was able to plan and prepare for my lessons. Thank God! Yehey. 🙂 I am also learning to love my pupils more and more each day. I have told myself not to be angry at them nor shout at them or whatsoever that would not benefit me nor them. I choose to let them feel the love of God while I am inside the classroom. Yes.

 

Dear God, thank You for the reminder to live a life for Your glory. Thank You for letting me assess what I am doing. Yes, Lord, may everything I do point the world back to You. May the words I say and the things I do lead others to You, Jesus. As the song goes, I don’t wanna say a word unless it points the world back to You. I’m sorry Lord for sharing not-so-sensible stories to my coteachers which does not point the world back to You. Forgive me, Lord. I’m sorry po. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Be with me throughout the day. May I be able to accomplish everything that I must accomplish today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.